Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space. Each Orbit group focuses on a particular area of interest, and enables participants of different experience levels to connect with local mentors and collaborators that also have a shared interest in that same topic.

Each Orbit group meets on a recurring basis (either weekly, fortnightly or monthly) at Tech Valley Game Space, and provides opportunities for participants to share information, discuss projects, ask questions, and obtain guidance from experienced mentors.

You can find more information about the currently active Orbit groups below. Be sure to sign up to receive reminders and updates about the groups that interest you. Please contact the individual group organizers or the TVGS Mentorship Coordinator if you have any questions.

You can also check out our launch video to learn additional details about the Orbit program.

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Beginner Game Design

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Organizer: Frederika Edgington-Giordano
Ages: 9+
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Meeting times: Every Saturday, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Description: The perfect group for a beginner game developer! Create 2D games using free game engines like Construct 3 and Ren’Py, and learn the basics of Game Design without needing any previous experience with programming.

3D Game Design

Organizer: Taro Omiya
Ages: 16+
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Meeting times: Every 4th Saturday, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Description: Ever wanted to make a 3D game cheaply on a low-to-medium end computer? Or a 2D game that utilizes the tools more commonly used in 3D engines, such as rigging? The 3D Game Design mentorship group can help provide you with answers and guidance related to these topics and more.

Game Art

Organizer: Jason Harlow
Ages: 14+
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Meeting times: Every 2nd Saturday, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Description: The TGVS Art Orbit (TAO) group is a collection of artists with a wide range of skillsets who will be presenting semi-regular sessions on game art creation and generally making themselves available to assist people in creating video game art.

Digital Storytelling

Organizer: Frederika Edgington-Giordano
Ages: 15+
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Meeting times: Every 1st Saturday, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Description: Do you like to write? Do you like story based games? If you are new to game development, you can learn how to create interactive stories using Ren’py, Twine, or other game engines! We will also discuss other aspects of writing and game design. Note: No equipment required, but a laptop may be helpful for most meetings.

XR

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Organizer: Abigail Mathews
For Ages: 16+
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Meeting times: Every 3rd Saturday, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Description: Are you interested in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and/or Mixed Reality? If, so, then this group is for you! We will be using the VR headsets and other hardware at TVGS to experiment with XR projects, and hosting group discussions about various topics related to XR design and development.

Diversity in Games

Organizer: TBD (currently seeking new organizers)
For Ages: 18+
Sign up: Here
Meeting times: TBD
Description: This is a flexible group designed as a community to discuss topics in diversity, whether they be about game players, or current and aspiring game developers. Meeting topics will flow according to whatever the participants are interested in! Note: This Orbit group is temporarily on hiatus as we seek additional organizers. If you’re interested, please email mentorship@techvalleygamespace.com.

We are also looking for additional mentors for each of the existing groups, so please sign up using this form if you would like to get involved as a mentor.

Do you have a particular topic that you’d like to learn more about, or a desire to meet other local creators that share your interests? Let us know what other types of Orbit groups you’d like to see in the future by filling out the feedback and suggestion form located here.

If you have any general questions about the program, please send them to mentorship@techvalleygamespace.com.